If you’ve ever considered replacing your home’s siding, the summertime season is the perfect opportunity to get it done and invest in your home’s structural integrity. That being said, it’s also essential to make the right choices when it comes to siding materials as well as your siding installation professional. Metal siding is just one type of siding that has a number of benefits. However, it has a few drawbacks as well. Here’s a quick rundown of the pros and cons of metal siding to help you make the right decisions about your home’s exterior renovations this summer.
PRO: Metal siding is low maintenance.
First, it should be noted that in both residential and commercial applications, metal siding requires very little maintenance to maximize its durability and lifespan. Though specific maintenance procedures depend on the type of metal being used, natural elements like rain, wind, and ice have very little effect on the overall condition of the siding. Unlike other siding materials, metal doesn’t absorb moisture or create an environment conducive to mold growth.
CON: Aluminum siding dents easily.
There are many different types of metal siding, but be aware that aluminum siding can dent easily since it’s one of the softest metals. A stray branch, baseball, or even a power wash can cause a noticeable dent in thin aluminum siding. But investing in thicker metal can prevent damage.
PRO: Metal siding eliminates insect problems and is fire-resistant.
Unlike other siding types, insect problems are virtually nonexistent with metal siding. Plus, it’s completely resistant to fire, even if the building is struck by lightning.
CON: Metal siding has the risk of rusting over time.
Finally, depending on where you live, your metal siding may be more susceptible to sustaining rust damage. This is unfortunately true even if your aluminum or steel siding has been coated with an anti rust compound. Eventually, salty air and salt spray from will cause rust damage in areas near the ocean.
When all is said and done, old, worn siding can contribute to a loss of up to 10% of your home’s value. Knowing how to choose the most efficient materials for your home’s siding and residential roofing can help maximize its long-term structural integrity and overall value. For more information about siding installation, contact Advantage Exteriors.